The National Center for Women and Information Technology shows Black and Latina women make up only 1 to 3 percent of the computing workforce.
Dr. Kimberly Scott is associate professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at ASU and founder and executive director of CGEST. And if anyone can improve STEM opportunities she can. Here’s her conversation about it:
“It’s been nearly a decade since you founded CompuGirls which provides a progressive STEM learning environment for teen girls in under-served areas. I remember pointing it out as a School Solutions Reporter on 12 News. Still, the National Center for Women and Information Technology shows Black and Latina women make up only 1 to 3 percent of the computing workforce. What have we been doing wrong? How does their invisibility impact our economy?
The Center is committed to improving the persistence of girls in STEM by 1) scaling our capacity building evidence researched-based programs (e.g., CompuGirls), 2) furthering our advocacy initiatives (e.g., National STEM Collaborative), and 3) by exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in STEM.”
In addition, our team is committed to empowering and serving a community of young aspiring scholars to meet their academic and professional goals.
To learn more about CGEST visit cgest.asu.edu
Author Kim Covington is a former KPNX 12 News anchor and the principal partner of the Covington Companies. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kcovington.